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Tim Minchin – White Wine In The Sun lyrics

I really like Christmas
It's sentimental, I know, but I just really like it
I am hardly religious
I'd rather break bread with Dawkins than Desmond Tutu, to be honest

And yes, I have all of the usual objections
To consumerism, the commercialisation of an ancient religion

To the westernisation of a dead Palestinian
Press-ganged into selling Playstations and beer
But I still really like it

I'm looking forward to Christmas
Though I'm not expecting a visit from Jesus

I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun
I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum

They'll be drinking white wine in the sun

I don't go in for ancient wisdom
I don't believe just 'cos ideas are tenacious it means they're worthy
I get freaked out by churches
Some of the hymns that they sing have nice chords but the lyrics are spooky

And yes I have all of the usual objections
To the mis-education of children who, in tax-exempt institutions,
Are taught to externalise blame

And to feel ashamed and to judge things as plain right and wrong
But I quite like the songs

I'm not expecting big presents
The old combination of socks, jocks and chocolate's is just fine by me

Cos I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun
I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun

And you, my baby girl
My jetlagged infant daughter
You'll be handed round the room
Like a puppy at a primary school
And you won't understand
But you will learn someday
That wherever you are and whatever you face
These are the people who'll make you feel safe in this world
My sweet blue-eyed girl

And if my baby girl
When you're twenty-one or thirty-one
And Christmas comes around
And you find yourself nine thousand miles from home
You'll know what ever comes

Your brothers and sisters and me and your Mum
Will be waiting for you in the sun

Whenever you come
Your brothers and sisters, your aunts and your uncles
Your grandparents, cousins and me and your mum
We'll be waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Darling, when Christmas comes
We'll be waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Waiting for you in the sun
Waiting for you...

I really like Christmas
It's sentimental, I know...

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    Tim Gingell
    Ryan Redmond Is that a defenaitly serious point you're making there, because I don't think it can be as defenaitly isn't a definite word - I'm sure there are many serious songs with made up words that don't detract from beauty - this song is beautiful, because it talks about feelings for loved ones over and above the conventions that are the reason why people get together, and that despite an atheist's problems with the origination and misuse of Christmas, he still really likes it. Having comedy in a song doesn't make it not serious.
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  • u
    This sog is about the importance of family and how you can rely on them no matter what. It's obviously a very personal song, tim has written it for his daughter but the message is universal. I also think he's defending non-religious people who celebrate christmas, christians may call us hypocrites but you don't need to be religious to enjoy christmas songs or spending time with family. My favourite tim minchin song.
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  • u
    What a wonderful song! I've just discovered it, and I love it. Mind you, not everybody has a good family, and not everybody can have a good holiday with a dysfunctional family. But this lovely song tells me that some people really do have a good family. I boycotted xmas for years, not only because I'm an atheist, but because of really horrible experiences with abusive inlaws who had a way of ruining holidays. But now I'm getting into saturnalia and the solstice and getting christ out of xmas and enjoying the season. If I'd had some white wine, I would have had it today, outside in the sun. Even though I'm in pennsylvania usa, today was a beautiful sunny day. I will play this song next xmas. Thank you, tim minchin, for adding something warmhearted to this day.
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  • u
    I am a christian and I love this song. Christmas has been way too commercialized--he is right. Most have forgotten what it should be about--and that's not presents. It's spending time with ones you love and cherishing those relationships that jesus allowed us to have (if you believe in jesus). But any normal person believes in relationships so all should relate. And, no, I don't expect a visit from jesus either.
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  • u
    My parents are atheists, my brother's an atheist, my maternal grandparents are atheists, okay. My paternal grandparents are hardcore protestants. But I'm an atheist and I always liked christmas. I think of it as a quite funny joke from christians for christians. I mean, come on. It's hard to believe that there are people who celebrate the birth of a dead guy they've never known and which was apparently in summer time on the 24th (or 25th) december, a seemingly chosen completely at random day! And that they used to celebrate it with a pagan ritual.
    But I really don't want to discriminate anybody or be a killjoy. Do what you want, have fun & (if you like) a merry christmas.
    Ps: excuse my bad english, I'm german^^
    Pps: nice song, by the way ;)
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